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Barn Hill Station

200 km south of Broome

overcast 28 °C

After leaving Broome, we ventured south to Barn Hill Station. We had mixed reactions on whether to go there or not as we knew we had to turn off the tarred highway and put Bertha through nine km of red corrugated road (really a 4 wheel drive track would be more to the point!) So we tossed the coin and the queens head said to go!.. A vanny just came out of the track and told us we would be alright, so off we went. We had to open three cattle gates and go through several puddles but the Bull Dozer (nissan Patrol) did us proud and Bertha made it well. The fees started at $10 for a day entry, $15 stay overnight without power and it went up from there. So we went for the $15 version for 2 nights thinkiong we had gas to run the fridge off and solar for the lights. But we run out of gas. So we had to eat 3 days supply of food up. So much for lossing weight hey!
Big Bertha getting Baptised on the track to Barn Hill

Big Bertha getting Baptised on the track to Barn Hill

Barn Hill is situated on Thangoo Station, which is a working cattle station. Alf & Marie Grey purchased Thangoo in 1960. The property is approximately 430,000 acres and stretches 85 kms along the coast between Broome and Port Hedland. The property runs 8,000 head of Brahman cattle which are marketed to the live export trade through the port of Broome.

Barn Hill (2)

Barn Hill (2)

Barn Hill is an eco based Park situated on the pituresque coast . The power is generated on the property. Eachpowered site, and there is about 100 of these,has an idividual overload switch. If you exceed your power limit, your switch will throw out. So no electric kettles, toasters or ovens will work. This is why we wnt for the unpowered site as Bertha never uses electricity for lights as she is hooked to solar power all the time and this is working wonderfully. Absolution block at Barn Hill

Absolution block at Barn Hill

The other great thing about this place was the kitchen at the homestead baked everyday and you could have wonderful home made bread, sausage rolls, lemingtons everyday. The pricesw were very reasonable too.

Wild flowers

Wild flowers

The owners wanted a month off and they were looking for some house sitters.... I was tempted but Tony said there was too much maintenence for him and we may not be able to get Bertha out in a months time if it rained!!!! Bad luck. They would also pay you and that is what scared Tony, thinking there is probably more than just house sitting??

Great place to come back too!

Next top aussi model?

Next top aussi model?

fishing at Barn Hill

fishing at Barn Hill

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Cable Beach Caravan Park

My second Home

sunny 32 °C

Well we have spent over two weeks here, or is it three? So we are staying another week at least.....
I don't want to move. The weather is perfect and very comfortable. Apparently it is the only place that doesn't have rain, wind or coldness.. So sounds like a winner for me. We still ride our bikes for abount 16 km per day, walk along Cable Beach every afternoon and twice a week we go to the outdoor garden theatre. Everyone in the park puts there used books and magazines in a swap spot, so we always have plenty of reading material around for free. The neighbours are all lovely, mostly from the bottom of WA. There are only a handfull from NSW and there are still lots of Victorian Mexicans here. They seem to do the journey every year also and stay for four or five months as well. I suppose it would be good to live here every year with the same neighbours. Apparently you can book the same site if you come annually. The staff are also lovely. Everytime I exit or enter the park on my bike they always put the boom gate up for me (otherwise it is a bit of a stuggle trying ti manoever the three wheels through the gate.)
We also don't have midgees, mosquitoes or ants to worry about and the bonus is the pool is fantastic and the sea breezes are perfect. There isn't much more you need! So yes we are staying for at least another week!

King Tide @ Cable Beach

King Tide @ Cable Beach

broome4 (15)

broome4 (15)

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broome4 (5)

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WA stands fro Wait Awhile

NT stands for Not There......

sunny 28 °C

Dont you love the Aussie Slang....

Life is a lot slower over this way. Less stressful I think we have blended in quite well. We Wait Awhile to get served and it doesn't worry me.

If you want a job, just ask anyone and they will point you to the direction.

There are some lovely pommy backpacker (neighbours) near us. They are selling all of there wordly Australia possessions as they are sadly going home to pommy land next friday. I purchased some great DVD's from them for $1 each... Bargain. Petty I don't need more things... Great tent for $5
and TV - that was tempting but I quite enjoy Tony & I reading novels most of the day. It is good to get away from the Noise Box.. so I think they can give it to someone else. The best garage sale in town. There is a bit of competition happening as the Euro backpackers are doing well too.

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The Worlds Oldest Garden Picture Theatre

Established in 1916

sunny 33 °C

We went to the movies again last night to see "Bran Nue Dae', mainly because it was mostly filmed in Broome and in this Theatre. The first scene in the movie is the theatre we are in and it is no different. Every place in the movie we have been to even the church with all of the shells. It is really a beautiful place. The movie "Bran Nue Dae" is on every second night at this old theatre and the it is usually a packed house as tourist from everywhere come to visit and watch it here. We loved it.

Picture Theatre Broome

Picture Theatre Broome

Most of our days in Broome begin with an 8 km bike ride to town for good ice coffee and then home again and then we swim, read walk and ride again with a dvd at night time. We meet the neighbours and have a happy hour and cross paths with all of the other gypsies.

Broome Picture Theatre

Broome Picture Theatre

There are a few back packers moving on this week so we have lots of sales in the park e.g. dvd's tv's fridges, tent bla bla bla, all selling for $10 each or less.. Bargains everywhere. How much do we really need???

Sun Theatre Broome original gear

Sun Theatre Broome original gear

We went to the oldest outside picture theatre to se "Letters to Juliette". Lovely movie. We have run out of ozzie BOBS DVD's. Shame we still have six months to go!!! So we splurged and went to the movies. It is called the Sun Theatre and it is in the middle of town. Next to a nightclub and an airport. The movie started at 6.30 and you need to bring a pillow as the chairs are a sling back outdoor design. The movie started and the raffle was drown at the pub next door, the nightclub music was load and the jets kept landing... Funny - but never mind the old theatre had been here first. They just cranked up the vulume and I'm sure everyone in Broome could hear the movie. I must admit I heard every word of the movie for the very first time in years...
Life is pretty good in Broome. I love the temperture and the people and the swimming, walking and bike riding. It is fairly flat and there are great bike rides around the area. In between all that Tony and I read novels, magazines and think about what we might cook for dinner. I can see us living up here for 6 months of the year when we retire. Why not.....Everyone else does....We booked in for at least another week..

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BROOME

lOVE THE PLACE, SHOULD STAY HERE FOREVER??

sunny 30 °C

Love everything about Broome. Love the caravan Park even if it does have over 500 sites. Love the temperature, about 30 degrees during the day and comfortable at night. Pool is great. Love walking along Cable Beach every evening and watching the camels all dressed in their best walking. Love talking to all of the Backpackers who work in the caravan Park. We shouted Johnny from England and Nora from Norway a coffee break today.I was really tempted to go and get a job today.... But why??? Why work???? Tony thought he would fix it and shouted me a lottery ticket!!! He said then we could have a winter house in Broome. Good idea hey!

Broome Campsite

Broome Campsite

Dinasaur footprint on Cable Beach??

Dinasaur footprint on Cable Beach??

Cable Beach Entrance

Cable Beach Entrance

The Red Camels

The Red Camels

Cable Beach Caravan Park Pool

Cable Beach Caravan Park Pool

I just love the Boab Trees - they remind me of me - little chunky in the trunk!

I just love the Boab Trees - they remind me of me - little chunky in the trunk!

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